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Future of London – Councils & the Climate Emergency Webinar


The climate crisis has never been better understood or caused more widespread concern. Businesses are analysing risks; children are on strike from school; ordinary citizens stand ready to face arrest for peaceful protest; and at least 26 of London’s boroughs, along with the GLA, have passed ‘climate emergency declarations.’ But what does that mean in practice? 

In this Future of London event we’ll be exploring what the climate emergency means for London’s built environment professionals. We’ll hear from public sector practitioners about their climate emergency initiatives (panel one), followed by responses from the private sector (panel two). 

Key themes: 

  • The scale of the challenge facing the public sector and its role as leaders and enablers 
  • Inspiring behaviour change and empowering communities 
  • Sharing expertise and working collaboratively: the role of the private sector 
  • Balancing short-term priorities with long-term aspirations and monitoring performance 
  • Driving behaviour change – both internally and beyond 

Part of Future of London’s major 2020 project Achieving Net Zero. 

  • The scale of the challenge facing the public sector and its role as leaders and enablers 
  • Inspiring behaviour change and empowering communities 
  • Sharing expertise and working collaboratively: the role of the private sector 
  • Balancing short-term priorities with long-term aspirations and monitoring performance 
  • Driving behaviour change – both internally and beyond 

Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive, Future of London

Nicola joined Future of London in March 2017 as Head of Networks and became CEO in April 2019. She’s passionate about the role of the built environment to improve lives, address inequality, and build the capacity of individuals and teams to achieve this aim. Previously, Nicola was Head of Cities Programme at Design Council Cabe. She’s a member of the Mayor’s London Green Spaces Commission and the TCPA’s Inclusive Planning Sounding Board.

Bevan Jones, Associate, Greengage Environmental


Bevan has over 15 years’ experience working in carbon management and climate risk. For the previous two years he’s been a freelance consultant at Jones Climate and Sustainability where he’s advised Crest Nicholson on their climate risk assessment and annual integrated report. He was also responsible for publishing Climate Risk for London for the Green Party, an investigation into the existing evidence of the impact of climate change on London.

Panel 1

Harold Garner, Head of Sustainability, Air Quality and Energy, LB Camden @CamdenCouncil

Harold has delivered the UK’s first Citizens’ Assembly on the climate emergency and, in partnership with UCL, led the community co-design of LB Camden’s new Clean Air Action Plan, making it the only London authority committed to WHO guidelines for air quality. He’s also overseen the delivery of the borough’s award-winning district energy project, Somers Town Energy, in Kings Cross. Before joining LB Camden, Harold worked as a sustainability advisor for London 2012.

Hannah Jameson, Assistant Director for Sustainable Growth and Climate Change Response, LB Lambeth @hannahjameson1 @lambeth_council

Hannah leads LB Lambeth’s work on the climate emergency and sustainable development. She previously worked as the borough’s Head of Strategy and Partnerships, joining the organisation to help deliver the development and implementation of the cooperative council programme. Prior to this, Hannah worked in a number of thinktank and consultancy roles, with a focus on public services, labour market and employment policy, and citizenship.

Gareth James, Senior Transport Project Officer, LB Hounslow @LBofHounslow

After becoming interested in public policy-making, Gareth earned a degree in Urban and Regional Planning in Washington DC and subsequently worked for Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ transportation section. Here he co-wrote a taskforce report calling for extensive governance reform of the regional transit authority. Gareth is now back in London and manages Hounslow Council’s Community Streets programme. In this role he’s overseen a dockless bike-sharing trial, and consultation on the Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Diana Lock, Head of Energy and Environment, Optivo @optivohomes

Diana has worked in the environmental sector for over 30 years and has expertise in energy efficiency, waste market development, environmental management, water conservation, rural diversification and business support. She’s successfully produced project proposals for UK and EU funded initiatives since 2001, and has managed a portfolio which has totalled in excess of £8m. Most recently, she’s implemented energy efficiency retrofits in social housing in Sussex and Kent, with a new programme of retrofits due to commence in London in 2020/21.

Panel 2

Nils Rage, Sustainable Design and Innovation Manager, Landsec @LandsecGroup

Nils leads sustainable design and innovation in planning and construction at FTSE 100 real estate leader Landsec, shaping a £3bn development pipeline consisting of over 3.5 million sq ft of new office and mixed-use destinations in London. In 2019, Nils was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the year’s ‘30 Under 30’, based on a global search for emerging leaders shaping the next generation of sustainable business. Double MSc graduate, Nils is an alumnus of the Harvard T.H. Chan Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership programme.

Peter Bovill, Planning Partner, Montagu Evans @MontaguEvansLLP

A qualified Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor with nearly 25 years’ experience, Peter has been an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment for over 15 years. He’s an expert in the growing impact of the green agenda on planning and development work. He works alongside multi-disciplinary teams, co-ordinating the planning process to its successful conclusion. Peter’s secured planning permissions on several large, high-profile sites including the Royal Opera House, the Bank of England, Swan Valley and the Farmiloe Building in Farringdon.

Ritu Garg, Senior Transport Planner, Arup @ArupUKIMEA

Ritu has experience on policy, feasibility studies, environmental approval, operations, and delivery of major transport infrastructure and strategies in the UK and US. She seeks to address transport and development needs by focusing on environmentally and financially sustainable solutions. She has led various initiatives within Arup on projects relating to climate change, sustainability and transport emissions reduction. More broadly, Ritu is interested in understanding how land-use, economics, mobility and resource needs in growing regions can be aligned to enable sustainable development.

Tom Dollard, Head of Sustainable Design, Pollard Thomas Edwards @dollardtom @ptearchitects

Voted one of Building magazine’s rising stars in sustainability and a rising star by the UKGBC (2013), Tom is a chartered Architect (RIBA), certified Passivhaus designer, BREEAM assessor and BREEAM Accredited Professional who specialises in low-energy schools, housing and masterplanning. He’s authored a number of books, including Designed to Perform – an illustrated guide to energy efficient homes (2018), and is currently leading the design and site review process for the Government’s Building for 2050 project, which will inform the uptake of low cost, zero carbon homes.

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